Howard J. Whitmarsh

February 7, 2013       

WATERTOWN, N.Y.    Howard J. Whitmarsh, 91, of LeRay Street, passed away Thursday morning, Feb. 7, at Samaritan Medical Center. 

The funeral service will be 11 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 16, at Reed & Benoit Funeral Home with Rev. Mike Bartholomew officiating. Calling hours will precede the service from 10 to 11 a.m. 

Spring burial will be held May 11 in North Watertown Cemetery.

Born Nov. 7, 1921, in Greene, N.Y., a son to Floyd and Edith Gates Whitmarsh, he was educated locally. 

He married Marcia Isbister on April 11, 1959, at the Assembly of God Church, Ithaca. She passed in 2005.

Mr. Whitmarsh worked as a farmer at various local farms. He would later work at Cornell in the Agricultural Department. 

He taught Sunday School and led Bible Studies at Living Waters Fellowship for many years.

Surviving are a son and his wife, Paul and Anna Whitmarsh, Watertown; two daughters and their husband, Debra and David Hartman, Branson, Missouri, and Ruth and Rev. John Petit, Watertown; a brother, Robert; and a sister, Ellen; and several nieces, nephews, grandchildren, and a great-grandchild.

Besides his wife, he is predeceased by nine brothers: Claud, Clate, Charlie, Luther, Milo, Harold (his twin), Percy, Elmer and Guy.

Donations may be made in his name to Living Waters Fellowship, 425 Tilden St., Watertown, NY 13601.

Arrangements are with Reed & Benoit Funeral Home, Inc.

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Information provided by Reed & Benoit Funeral Home and Newzjunky, Watertown, N.Y.